Alvarado waited until midstretch before asking Merry Marino for her best and she responded with a strong closing kick, pulling away from her five opponents for a two-length victory in the one-mile contest for 2-year-old fillies.
Merry Marino was making her first trip around two turns and she stopped the timer in 1:40.62. The 6-to-5 favorite, Merry Marino paid $4.60 after recording her second victory in three career starts.
Owned and bred by Rancho San Miguel, Merry Marino is a California-bred daughter of Marino Marini. Merry Marino is trained by Steve Specht.
A Pick Six carryover of $18,817 will be on the line when racing continues Monday at Golden Gate Fields. Post time is 12:45 p.m.